Some leaped in their cars with as much luggage as they could take. Others simply headed straight for the railway station hoping to find a last-minute ticket. All had the same objective: get out of Kyiv before it was too late. As thunderous blasts from Russian ordnance shook the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, a mass exodus was underway. The city’s tube network was packed with evacuees carrying belongings hastily stuffed into bulging carrier bags, wheelie suitcases, and handbags. Outside bus and train stations, people clutched pets anxiously. Others sat on the floor and clapped their hands in prayer.